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Diamonds dream of Africa, Malindi, Kenya

by Ben Coren | July 2017

"The villa-style feel to the hotel was refreshing and relaxing after safari and numerous internal flights. Welcome drinks upon arrival were greatly appreciated. Spacious and private rooms are very luxurious and the slower pace of things here makes it a great place to recharge the batteries."

THE BACKGROUND: A part of Small Luxury Hotels, the boutique beachside property has an Indo-Arab styled villa feel to it and draws inspiration from Malindi’s colonial Italian influences.

THE LOCATION: The hotel is on a stretch of beach in Malindi, two-hours drive from Mombasa Airport.

THE ROOM: I stayed in a Junior Suite with its own outside terrace and a garden view. Inside was a comfortable king -ize bed, a sitting area, flat screen TV and desk. There was a well-stocked mini-bar and fresh fruit in the room on arrival was a nice touch. The large bathroom had a Jacuzzi bathtub, walk-in shower and double wash basins. Wifi is available throughout the hotel (a seemingly uncommon luxury in Kenya) and I could access it from my room).

KEY FACILITIES: The hotel has a swimming pool and gym facilities, not to mention easy access to the beach from the terrace. The Myua African Rain Spa is on-site and available at an extra cost. Numerous tours and excursions can be arranged from the hotel including safari.

RESTAURANTS/BARS: The main restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at set times throughout the day. Dishes on offer include freshly-caught seafood as well as a menu fusing local ingredients and styles with traditional Italian influences. There is also an a la carte restaurant and pool bar. The main bar serves some premium spirits at a charge alongside all-inclusive drinks.

RATES: Low season all inclusive per room per night rates are $230. Half-board is $173. During the high season, all-inclusive is $380 per night and half-board is $285.

THE DETAILS: A: Casaurina Road, Malindi, Kenya. W: dreamofafrica.diamondsresorts.com T: +254 720 607075. E: info.doa@diamonds-resorts.com

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